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For years, John Tornatore chafed at the high personal and real estate property taxes the city of Hartford levied on his South End flower shop. In the mid-2000s, Tornatore was fed up with the steep impacts of a revaluation and ready to move his enterprise with roots to the days when gunmaker Colt’s dominated the […]
As a result of a pending reval in 1978, some Hartford homeowners faced tax hikes of 80 percent or more. City officials needed a solution - fast.
Newburgh, N.Y. has a strong cadre of people working on revitalization — and a land bank that has proved a key tool in that effort. It’s a tool Connecticut cities are seeking to adopt as well.
Many Connecticut cities are seeing a 21st century renewal. Are they getting it right -- or at least better -- this time?
Toni Boucher and her former Republican colleagues are pushing a “solution” to Connecticut’s transportation funding woes with their go to strategy of borrowing more money. Excessive borrowing used to be anathema to the Republican Party. What happened? Do Republicans, like Boucher, think they can hide the real cost of more borrowing? Connecticut taxpayers know better. They will be paying increased taxes for decades to come with the Republican’s debt plan.
A recent article in the Hartford Business Journal, published as part of the “The Cities Project,” suggests that a solution to the revenue shortfall in cities might be the use of revenue sources other than the property tax. It's not.
Get ready. The State of Connecticut's new ban on single-use plastic bags goes into effect August 1. It will place a tax of 10 cents on each single-use plastic bag.
Tolls are needed to improve our roads and bridges. Tolls will allow for generous contributions toward the upkeep of Connecticut roads by out-of-state users— that’s good for Connecticut residents today. Tolls will allow for debt reduction, less borrowing, and more “pay-as-you-go” projects — that’s good for Connecticut residents in the future.
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